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04/02/2016

Welsh minister hails key new natural resources legislation

Words: Roger Milne
Snowdonia National Park

What Welsh ministers are claiming as "world-leading legislation" to tackle climate change and manage the country’s natural resources better has been passed by the National Assembly for Wales.

The Environment (Wales) Bill sets a target for emissions to be reduced by at least 80 per cent by 2050.

Under the new measures, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) will be asked to put sustainability at the centre of its policy-making and strategies.

It will have to produce a national plan and more locally-based strategies which will involve joint-working with local authorities.

The bill also clarifies the law on other regulatory regimes including flood risk management and land drainage.

Assembly members passed the bill unanimously, but opposition parties said it could have been more ambitious.

Natural resources and planning minister Carl Sargeant said: “The passing of the Environment Bill will ensure that the sustainable management of our natural resources will be a core consideration in all future decision-making."

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